Sisters set fashion pace at Limerick races

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Setting the fashion pace were Sheila ODriscoll, Corbally, who took third place prize in the best dressed competition on Munster National Day, Ursula Looby, Dooradoyle who claimed the top prize and Sohaila Lindheim, Raheen, who claimed second prize. Picture: Alan Place.
THE finishing touches may have only been put to her outfit on Saturday, but 24 hours later her duck egg blue, vintage-inspired ensemble brought lady luck to Dooradoyle’s Ursula Looby who walked away from Limerick Racecourse with a €4,000 diamond ring.

THE finishing touches may have only been put to her outfit on Saturday, but 24 hours later her duck egg blue, vintage-inspired ensemble brought lady luck to Dooradoyle’s Ursula Looby who walked away from Limerick Racecourse with a €4,000 diamond ring.

The competition was a family affair as Ursula’s sister Sheila O’Driscoll won third prize thanks to her Marion Murphy Cooney red jumpsuit, matched with a stunning black and red hat.

Fashionable ladies filled Greenmount Park from early on Sunday for the annual Munster National, and Keanes Jewellers ladies day.

Ladies enjoyed a complimentary prosecco reception sponsored by O’Briens Wines during registration and while browsing the many stands in the shopping village.

Ursula Looby wowed the judges, including model Madeline Mulqueen and presenter Leanne Moore, with a gold and duck egg blue, vintage-inspired dress with a matching cape. The outfit was designed by Stephen Lynch of Bowan Lynch Designs and Ursula made the hat herself. She teamed the outfit with black accessories from Penneys and No 15 Le Maison de Curio Limerick.

Ursula said she was thrilled to win and thanked Stephen for making the outfit for her, which he had only put the finishing touches to on Saturday.

Sohaila Lindheim - a well known face on the modelling scene - won second prize with her 1920s-inspired look in winter white. Racing action on the day was also a competitive affair with a crowd of 8,500 watching the action over seven races. It was a successful day for local trainers and owners with JP McManus winning the Ladbrokes Munster National race with Shanpallas trained by Charles Byrnes.

Mr McManus also won the Grade 3 O’Briens Wines Novice Hurdle with Hash Brown trained by Limerick’s Michael Hourigan.